how far you are from the Texas border, but TX Parks & Wildlife says black bears are a protected species. And they are migrating from western LA into eastern TX. Since I deer hunt about 30 miles from the TX/LA border, I guess I better start carrying a 44 mag. Gotta have fang and/or claw marks on my body before I shoot, though. Otherwise I could end up in jail.
Meanwhile, mountain lions are legal to shoot in TX, no closed season, no limit.